Resty Gossip v.12.3

OLD SAN LUIS BBQ is opening a new location in Marigold Center by Tuesday Morning. Yay! TWO locations for their dry meat, powdered Parmesan and flavorless beans for people who have never had real food–all served gloriously in clamshell with plastic forks. I can’t wait. Speaking of Marigold, popped into SHALIMAR‘s new location there to…

Restaurant Gossip 11.18.18

FOSSIL WINE BAR in the crazy new EXPLODING downtown section of Atascadero has opened. Wine list is AMAZING. Best in the area. Very well curated and all OVER the place. Speaking of wine bars: Popped into BODEGA LOS ALAMOS in (you’re not going to believe this) Los Alamos yesterday and what an interesting place. It’s…

Restaurant Gossip 10.21

Hotel Serra on Garden Street is going to happen faster than you expect, and BRASSERIE SLO has announced the chef: James Anderson formerly of Casanova, La Bicyclette, and Affina on the Peninsula. Saw some action inside the old Pluto’s location across from Black Sheep on Chorro the other day. What’s your favorite of the 4…

Willow Pismo Beach

First of all, I have no pictures of food–or judgement–because the pretzel appetizer and tri-tip deviled eggs we ordered never materialized, and we were closed out without being charged, so… hmmm?  My wine glass with a tablespoon of Pinot Noir still remaining was whisked away while neighboring empties and bar-mops were ignored.  Loyal readers will…

Restaurant Gossip 3.10.18

POKE CHEF to the old Moose Deli in Pismo Beach WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA expanding into the old Pie-Hole SLO 5 GUYS opened in SLO BEACH BURGER closing in Oceano and moving to Morro Bay LOTUS BAKERY in Mission Mall SLO opening opening Mar 14? Don’t believe it. MARGIE’S DINER off LOVR closing FULL MOON TASTING ROOM…

Taqueria Updates 3.10.18

Lots of updates to THE TACO LIST!  Some decent, some quite bad.  Been all over and STILL keep finding places I haven’t tried.  #work CAYUCOS GAS STATION & DELI is downgraded to ♦♦   My last 3 visits have been noticeably different.  Although nothing appears to have changed behind the counter, the tortilla treatment is different,…

SLO Resty Gossip 1.21.18

Sooooo much going on right now, and I only manage to hear half of it. Villa Creek in Paso Robles is becoming ON BAR. Next Door Bistro in Paso have completed their expansion and remodel and the tiny place next to the cheese shop is gone and the NEW place is around the corner on…

Taco Updates–SM Oaxacan 12.13.17

Alebrijes Oaxacan On E. Main Santa Maria in the old Tortillia Mexico #5 location. Quite good, make sure you get the horchata out of the bathtub and not the machine (this takes some pointing and I *believe* if my Spanish was working that day, they call the stuff in the machine “horchata” and the stuff in the…

locall resty gossip 11.8.17

Giuseppe’s Pismo will be opening after Thanksgiving. The bakery in the breezeway between Uptown Espresso and Buona Tavola? You know the only thing to actually hold down that spot longer than a year in the past decade? It has gotten too big and is moving out and in its place is going Restorative Cafe. Mattei’s…

Picky Eater

The term *Picky Eater* gets tossed around a bit. I hear it frequently–often directed at me, typically for being critical of a dish or establishment. Let’s do a little refresher-course: A person who doesn’t like stupid waiters, bad wine-lists, crying babies, TV’s everywhere, tourist food, wet tables, uninspired presentations, confused service, freezing dining rooms and…